Elle Skinner will be at APE 2013 (Alternative Press Expo) in San Francisco, CA this weekend at TABLE 514. She will be selling Erstwhile books and merchandise, handing out free goodies, and meeting with readers. Buy a copy of Erstwhile or bring your copy of Erstwhile to have it signed! Elle would love to meet you!
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So, a lot of readers have been asking for what’s coming up next in our fairytale lineup here at Erstwhile. Louisa, Elle, and I are so very happy you are excited about more works from us! We have a list for you (though the order of the list might not necessarily be the order of appearance). We’re still working out the details on scheduling.
+ The Singing Springing Lark –by Elle (This one is up next!)
+ Doctor Know-it-all –by Gina
+ King Thrushbeard — by Louisa
+ The Twelve Huntsmen –by Elle
+ Jorinda and Joringel –by Gina
UPDATE: Erstwhile vol.1 is available on Gumroad as a digital download. You can now purchase a DMR-free PDF version of the first book collection to read on your computer or other electronic device!
You can now buy a copy of Erstwhile book through Amazon.com. We even qualify for Amazon Prime shipping!
The book is a beautiful full color, hardcover edition with 160 pages of content including eight complete fairytales. Included: The Farmer’s Clever Daughter; A Tale with a Riddle; Maid Maleen; The Bird, the Mouse, & the Sausage; All Fur; The Little Shroud; The Old Man & his Grandson; and The Sweet Porridge.
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A privileged boy named Kyle Kingsbury is handsome, proud, and a real jerk. You know the type… he thinks he’s better than everyone, has lots of friends and admirers, picks on the weird kids and dates the hottest, most superficial girl in school. When he invites weirdo girl Kendra to the prom as a prank it backfires.
She’s actually a witch and punishes him for his wicked heart. However, because he showed one small act of kindness by thoughtlessly giving the white rose corsage his date hated to a nerdy girl collecting prom tickets, a girl who truly appreciated it’s beauty. Instead of being permanently beastly, Kyle has two years to break the spell. Two years to find a girl who will love him for what he is instead of what he looks like, PROVE her love with a kiss, and the real kicker, he has to truly love HER in return. Kyle believes all of that to be impossible.
This is where the real meat of the story begins. Kyle is taken from his home in New York City and locked away in an expensive house in Brooklyn by his father who is even more disgustingly superficial than his son. It is here Kyle begins his real transformation. His character gradually and believably changes, matures into someone who looks past the surface. It is excellently written as you don’t feel that this part of the story is rushed or happens all at once. As he is around genuine people who care about him they manage to affect him, though he has no hope of breaking the spell. Until…
A man breaks into his greenhouse of roses and when caught, offers his daughter in exchange for his own life. The beast does not hesitate, hoping she may be THE one. He reasons that she would be better off with him than with a father that would sell her off to save his own life. It is here that he meets Lindy, or they meet again. Lindy is none other than the nerdy girl who he gave the rose to at the prom. There might be hope yet! As they spend time together the two both blossom wonderfully into very rich and endearing characters.
I’d say this one is well worth a read. It’s definitely worth a day of having your nose in a book! And I’ve just learned there is the regular edition and a deluxe edition that contains Lindy’s journal, giving you the story from her perspective. I might have to pick up the deluxe for myself this Christmas.
I actually saw the movie before I read the book. I caught it on Showtime and recognized that it was fairytale based almost immediately. It was an interesting movie to watch, but like most movies based on books, there were some glaring differences. Even not having read the book yet I could feel there were some serious things either missing or changed not for the better. After reading the book, I realized that the changes made in the movie crippled the impact the story. I don’t plan to get into the details because there are so many.
However, Neil Patrick Harris is in the movie as a secondary character. He’s WELL worth watching in any movie, really. So, if you want to see NPH, see the movie. Otherwise, pass and just read a really good book.